Accessible makeover for popular Lake

A picnic area at Lake Leschenaultia, a popular natural tourist attraction in the Perth Hills has officially been opened following a series of makeovers to enhance access for people with disability and the broader community.

On Friday, Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM MP, and Shire President, John Daw, unveiled a plaque to mark the milestone.

Shire President, John Daw, said enhancement of the 2500m 2 main picnic area at the lake had been a long-term project for the Shire.

"The lake is a popular destination for many Western Australians, and is a special place for those of who live in the Hills," he said.

Improvements to the area included two new accessible car bays and accessible paths, larger picnic areas with accessible picnic tables and an additional BBQ.

Landscaping upgrades included reparation of erosion and works to mitigate future erosion and mulching. Over 1000 native shrubs were planted to improve visual aspects over the coming years along with 14 shade trees. Once fully grown, the trees will provide welcome shade during summer.

The $205,744 project was jointly funded by a $102,872 grant from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development's Building Better Regions Fund. Shire of Mundaring contributed a further $102,872.

The Honourable Ken Wyatt AM MP welcomed the joint contribution of the Shire of Mundaring on this project – one of the key tourism locations of the Perth Hills.

"It's always great to work together with local government's such as the Shire of Mundaring on delivering projects that will benefit the Hasluck community," Mr Wyatt said.

"I have fond memories of spending time at Lake Leschenaultia, swimming with friends and family and enjoying the outdoors."

Cr Daw said the enhancement project represented another great partnership between the Federal Government and the Shire.

"The enhancements add to the Lake's sustainability as a magnificent eco-friendly recreational facility," he said.

The Shire has sought funding from the Building Better Regions Fund Round Five for further enhancements at the lake.

If funding is secured, it will begin a third lake enhancement stage with a focus on a $400,000 Visitor Improvement Project. 

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